Study Abroad Ireland 2019

Short-Term Study Abroad Spring 2019

Read the great Irish writers of the twentieth century-including James Joyce, William Butler Yeats, Edna O'Brien, and Frank McCourt-and visit sites related to all of them while learning about how Irish landscapes and history (including the Irish War of Independence, which will mark its centennial in 2019) influenced their works.

The "Irish Literary Renaissance" of the late 19th and early 20th centuries gave birth to one of the great literary traditions in the English-speaking world. 

In this class, we will read works by John Millington Synge, William Butler Yeats, James Joyce, Edna O'Brien, and Frank McCourt and analyze their writings in light of:

• English colonialism and occupation
• The War of Independence
• The changing roles of women, the Church, and artists in Irish society
• The conflict between traditional rural and modern urban culture
• Emigration to the U.S.

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June 9: Leave Pittsburgh

June 10: Arrive Shannon Airport; visit Limerick (Frank McCourt)

June 11: Galway. Visit sites related to Yeats including Thoor Ballylee, Coole Park.

June 12: Day trip to Inishmoor (Aran Islands). Stay in Galway.

June 13: Sligo, Drumcliffe, Lissadell House, Knocknarea. Stay in Sligo

June 14: Parkes Castle. Travel to Dublin

June 15: Dublin. Irish National Museum, General Post Office, St. Stephen's Green

June 16: BLOOMSDAY. Participate in the celebration of Joyce's novel Ulysses

June 17: Dublin. Kilmainhaim Gaol, Phoenix Park, Glasnevin Cemetery

June 18: Day trip to Belfast and Giant's Causeway

June 19: Free day in Dublin or day trip to Howth or elsewhere

June 20: Return to Pittsburgh


Three-credit tuition charge plus Study Abroad fee of approximately $500 covers airfare, all lodging, ground transportation, attraction entry fees, bus tour of the West, theater tickets, and many meals.


Undergraduate students must be English, Secondary Education/English, or History majors (or be eligible to take 400-level courses in those majors), or receive permission from the instructor.

Graduate students must be enrolled in the English, History, or M.S.Ed. programs.


Undergraduates will read most of the course texts, keep a daily experiential response journal, participate actively in class discussions, and write a term paper.

Graduate students will read all of the course texts, submit a plan for pursuing an independent research project while in Ireland, participate actively in class discussions, and write a seminar paper.

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If you are interested in this class, please contact Dr. Barnhisel directly as soon as possible (; x6432).

An initial deposit of $100 will be due in January, with an additional deposit of half the remaining sum due in February.

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